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The White House Chief Data Scientist, DJ Patil, at the Amazon Services: ReInvent conference encouraged all businesses to adopt two main principles -responsibility and universal benefit. He is of the opinion that each technologist and business person has an opportunity to determine that the app or device created benefits everyone.
In Barcelona it was calculated, that those car parking sensors, has brought about a 30% to 40% reduction in traffic congestion alone with an estimated saving in revenue of approximately $50M*. This is just one of the cost and environmental benefits reported to date by having an IoT connected or “smart” city.
Gone are the days of my spaghetti sauce stained cookbooks sprawled across the kitchen bench. I glanced at my top cupboard where once well-thumbed tomes stood looking a little forlorn and stained. With a guilty thump I thought, too much effort.
Imagine you have recently been operated on and a pacemaker has been inserted into your heart to help regulate its beat. It has the ability to change the rhythm that your heart beats at and can deliver life saving treatment should your heart refuse to stop beating at all.
Companies need to future proof apps and devices as much as possible building in the flexibility to update, adapt and evolve as threats do and technologies change. Communicating these safety measures and reassuring consumers will be as important as the measures themselves.
We don’t know if the diagnostic process would have been quicker, his case managed more efficiently or his treatment would have been different had his medical support team and specialists been using telemedicine. But, we can certainly presume so.
When you launch a new app or social media platform, it’s a bit like sending a new star into the sky. Some burn really brightly for a brief period of time. A few remain there for decades, seeming to grow in intensity. Whilst others, simply blink out of the sky suddenly never to be seen again.
Imagine, your very elderly neighbour has gone for her regular early walk on a crisp, spring morning. She’s fairly tech savvy and has her mobile with her that has a safety app with a GPS locater and an emergency button. She’s also listening to her favourite radio program on her mobile.